NEARLY 200 North Devon parents have received support from a drugs prevention initiative delivered by a team of local volunteers. How to Drug Proof Your Kids is aimed at parents and carers of children aged over eight and seeks to help equip parents with th

NEARLY 200 North Devon parents have received support from a drugs prevention initiative delivered by a team of local volunteers.How to Drug Proof Your Kids is aimed at parents and carers of children aged over eight and seeks to help equip parents with the knowledge and skills to steer their children away from the harmful use of drugs.The course seeks to teach parents about the drugs themselves, how to communicate effectively with their children and to develop plans that will help their children make good, informed choices.Since 2006, a team of local volunteers has delivered a six-session drug and alcohol education programme to more than 190 parents, representing more than 2,280 hours worth of support.Team leader Roger Bartlett said: "In the 14 courses we have run locally, we have been blown away by the feedback we get from those that come along. On our last course in Braunton a lady said that the experience had really been life changing for her. Another dad told us that his relationship with his daughter had been transformed by one of the exercises we use.Our presenters are not experts, but have personal, often painful, experiences of these issues and parents seem to be encouraged by the fact that they are not alone. They also learn a huge amount through sharing experiences together."The next local course will be run at Orchard Vale School in Barnstaple, but is open to any parent. It will start on Thursday, June 4, at 7:15pm.Each course costs £15 per person and bookings can be made through the team office on (01271) 336271 or via email on admin@dpyknorthdevon.co.uk